MUSIC REVIEWS

Tia McGraff “With Love” (LP)

Children’s author, songwriter, and singer Tia McGraff, a native and longtime resident of the Ontario area has returned with a new seven-song collection entitled With Love. The new release hit during the first week of September commemorating the anniversary of her dog Jake’s passing to the day. McGraff’s songwriting is unabashedly …

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Vinyl Floor “Funhouse Mirror” LP

Denmark’s Vinyl Floor is the personal project of brothers and songwriters Daniel and Thomas Charlie Pedersen. Their fifth full-length studio album Funhouse Mirror revisits the symphonic pop ambitions of earlier releases such as 2012’s Peninsula and Vaudeville (2014) while retaining the same individualistic songwriting bent. Working with producer Emil Isaksson and a small cast of musical …

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The Harmony Dreamers Project “I Come from Earth” (LP) 

Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Byron Lee Scott should not really be labeled bandleader of the Harmony Dreamers Project. Coordinator or orchestrator are better titles and infinitely more appropriate. The Harmony Dreamers Project brings musicians and singers from across the globe under one creative banner. They contribute to a collection of …

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Pistols At Dawn “Under the Surface” (SINGLE)

Like a ripping desert rock riff that has somehow found its way into the 21st century without the likes of Josh Homme getting his hands on it, “Keep Me Guessing” soars through the sonic atmosphere with more muscle than I knew Pistols at Dawn were capable of breaking off. It …

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The Nylon Admirals “Handbags” (LP)

From its opening seconds, Handbags from The Nylon Admirals pushes itself into the absurd. The opening track “In A World” lends itself to being exactly what listeners think it will be, featuring the iconic movie trailer narrator voice (originally attributed to Don LaFontaine) speaking in movie trailer-isms via “In a …

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Sylvie Abate “End of the Line” (SINGLE)

Austin’s Sylvie Abate is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a clear grounding in Americana music far beyond average. Her new single “End of the Line” serves notice that her brand of soulful country is not just musically astute, however, but that she can call on a vocal powerhouse such as …

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Vineet “City Roads” (SINGLE)

When country music is evoked in contemporary conversations on genre and themes, people tend to make assumptions. Modern country songs are joked about as tending to veer into two areas of lyrical content: partying with your big truck, or being extremely depressed over lost love. While this is something often …

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The Mark “Wondrous” (SINGLE)

The state of modern rock is in disarray as both fans and artists alike seemingly run in all directions, looking for inspiration and metaphorical gold rushes. There are undoubtedly successful artists still working within the mainstream rock genre, but for most to find success, there are only shadows of larger …

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Noshows “So Mysterious” (SINGLE)

While it might flirt with certain synthetics just as a means of binding together its most sensuous angles, there’s something wholly organic about the main elements of “So Mysterious” that makes it clear just how invested in the music Noshows are this summer. FACEBOOK: https://m.facebook.com/noshowsofficial/ There are a lot of …

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